On the southwestern side of the island of Samos, in the centre of a vast bay and at the foothills of mount Kerkis, reigns the municipality of Marathokampos, with its main town of the same name and its harbour of Ormos. It was initially built at a lower location, at the area called Louceika close to a plain full of fennels, and it seems that that s where it got its name from. Later, this first settlement was moved further up the mountain possibly for safety reasons. Another interpretation of its name mentions that it derives from some of its first inhabitants that came from the village Marathonisi in the Peloponnese, today s Gytheio.
The inhabitants are mainly farmers and sailors and the village produces olive oil and excellent soap. Primary occupation of the residents is agriculture, more specifically olives, many are fishermen and another big portion of the populace is occupied in the growing tourist industry of the area. In earlier days most people were sailors, working in the many sailboats that were constructed in the municipality s shipyards or serving as sailors abroad.
The villages of Skoureika, Koumeika, Neochori and the settlements of Balos Koumeikon and Pefkos Skoureikon are situated in the eastern side of the municipality. The settlements of Kampos Marathokampou, Limnionas, Ag. Kiriaki and Kallithea village lie to the west.
Surrounded by villages and settlements that have maintained their local color. Narrow cobblestoned lanes, traditional arches, stone fountains, beautiful churches, stone houses and large squares where traditional fairs, other cultural events of the Kalomoiris Festival still takes place.It is a popular holiday resort with the settlements of Ormos, Kampos, Balos, Pefkos and Limnionas where large hotel complexes and the unique pebbly or sandy beaches with clear blue and shallow water are situated.